Governing Law and Regulations
Public Water System Service Act, Arkansas Code Annotated (AR Code Ann.) 20-28-101 to 20-28-106
Public Water Supplies, Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Rules, Public Water Supplies, Section I to Section XXV
Cross connections: ADH Rules, Public Water Supplies, Section VII(E)
Emergency plans: ADH Rules, Public Water Supplies, Section VII(G)
Annual fees: AR Code Ann. 20-28-104
Potable water storage tanks: ADH Rules, Public Water Supplies, Section XI
Operator certification: AR Code Ann. 17-51-101 to 17-51-209
Arkansas Department of Health (DOH) Division of Engineering
Arkansas State Board of Health
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. EPA has granted primacy to DOH to administer the federal rules to protect water supplies under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Arkansas requires that operators of public water supplies be licensed by the state.
• Administration and enforcement. DOH's Division of Engineering has primary responsibility for the regulation and oversight of public water systems throughout Arkansas.
ADH Rules, Public Water Supplies, Section VII(E)
The state prohibits any physical connection where a public water system is connected to an unsafe or questionable water supply system either inside or outside of any building or buildings. The restriction applies to both community and non-community water systems.
Specifically, any domestic water cannot be supplied to any device, equipment, or service connection, which may permit the contamination ...